Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hot Hot Heat!

Summer in Texas is a hot affair, typically in the high 90s or low 100s during the day and you'll be lucky if you hit the low 70s at night....now, I know it's just begun and that today's 97 degree weather is nothing compared to what it's going to feel like in July but it still inspires me to think (and eat) cool.

Nothing is better for a hot summer night than a crisp, cool salad. In welcoming back the former ex-pats I've taken to some slightly more tropical cooking...like this shrimp/watermelon salad. It was a perfect blend of sweet, smoky and spicy!


Watermelon Jicama Shrimp Salad
1 Personal Watermelon, cubed or balled
½ a small Jicama, chopped
1 large Cucumber, chopped
¼ cup Cilantro, chopped
2/3 cup Red Onion, chopped
½ a large Poblano Pepper, minced
1 ½ lb Shrimp
2 Tbsp Acadia Adobo Honey Ancho Sauce & Marinade

Dressing
Juice of 2 large Limes
1 tsp Tajin Calsico Seasoning (con limon)
2 tbsp Raspberry Red Wine Vinegar
4 tbsp Grapeseed Oil

1. Marinate shrimp with Adobo sauce for up to twenty minutes. Drain off the extra marinade and saute shrimp until they are fully cooked.
2. Toss Watermelon, Jicama, Red Onion, Poblano and Cucumber together in a large salad bowl.
3. Mix Raspberry Red Wine Vinegar, Limes, Tajin Seasoning and Grapeseed oil together to create the dressing.
4. Place shrimp over salad and pour dressing over the top - serve chilled!

18 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

The raspberry dressing with this delicious shrimp salad must taste amazing. I love your watermelon bowl. Looks perfect!

5 Star Foodie said...

What a neat idea of a watermelon bowl! The combination of watermelon, shrimp and jicama sounds delightful!

doggybloggy said...

what the heck is going on here? I need me one of those bowls!

talat said...

I love the way you plated it. It sounds delicious. Oh btw do you know how to pick the right (sweet) watermelon. I've been very unlucky lately, I always pick a blend watermelon. I always observe other people tapping on the big watermelon at the market, there must be a trick?!?

Jackie @ PhamFatale.com

♥peachkins♥ said...

This is a very refreshing idea...

Chef E said...

OH man this looks and sounds great! Sweet and savory just like I like it...

You cracked me up on the duck comment! I remember that game, and I would laugh too! I just told someone that we paid $25 for a freakin duck and my dad used to shoot them for free! Although I would have to clean it, and oh that would be so fun with a cast on my foot!

girlichef said...

Yum! I'm not a fan of watermelon...but with everything else in there i might even give the watermelon a go!! Looks amazing :)

Kristen said...

Oh those shrimp are beautiful - lovely salad!

Chef Fresco said...

Beautiful presentation! Not sure if your reference is intentional, but I love that band :)

Reeni♥ said...

I love this sweet and savory salad! And especially how you served it! That's so cool!

gaga said...

What a creative summer salad. The bowl makes a beautiful presentation!

Dee said...

You can welcome me back this way any day!! Probably one of my favorite Summer favors, who knew? Delicious!

Denise said...

This is so cute. And the flavors sound amazing.

Grace said...

that marinade and the abundance of fruit make shrimp appealing to me on a new level. great recipe!

Tangled Noodle said...

I'm in love - shrimp and watermelon are so brilliant together! Can you suggest an alt marinade for those of us who can't get a hold of Acadia's soon enough? 8-D

Leela said...

This salad sounds so refreshing. It's a warm and humid day where I am and something like this would be really nice.

C.G. the Foodie said...

That salad is absolutely drool worthy and perfect for the hot California weather too! Thanks!

Caitlin said...

Yum! I love the cool watermelon with the spicy shrimp! Great summer salad : )